Star Trek

{5/5} “The notion of transwarp beaming is like trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet whilst wearing a blindfold riding a horse.”

James T. Kirk is attending Starfleet Academy when the fleet is called to investigate something unusual happening on Vulcan. When the Enterprise arrives they discover that it’s being attacked by Nero, a Romulan who has an incredibly large and advanced ship and who claims to be from the future. With Captain Pike off the ship, Kirk and Spock find themselves at odds.

Star Trek was released in 2009. I saw it twice in the theatre (a rare thing for me) and this is my first time watching it on DVD.

I was a bit skeptical of the idea of revisiting the crew of the original series in their earlier years. But they found the perfect actors to play the iconic characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, and Scott.

They found an extremely clever way to go back to the beginning with these characters and at the same time allow for heading off in new directions.

This version of Star Trek is more action oriented and less philosophical — but it’s great action, and an amazing movie.

Like Prometheus and Oblivion it’s a beautifully shot science fiction movie — although the lens flares do get a bit annoying after a while.

This movie will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Like the original Star Trek series, it gives you hope for the future — that we can work together to solve our problems.

The music by Michael Giacchino (the TV show Lost) is absolutely brilliant. Like most of the other Star Trek soundtracks, it’s one you can listen to over and over.

Chris Pine (Unstoppable) plays Kirk and Zachary Quinto (the TV series Heroes) plays Spock. Karl Urban (The Bourne Supremacy) plays McCoy and Zoe Saldana (Avatar) plays Uhura. John Cho (the TV series FlashForward) plays Sulu and Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett) plays Chekov. Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) plays Scott.

Bruce Greenwood (Deja Vu) plays Christopher Pike. Eric Bana (Munich) plays Nero. Winona Ryder (Frankenweenie) plays Spock’s mother.

In a stunning opening scene, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) plays Kirk’s father and Jennifer Morrison (the TV series Once Upon a Time) pays Kirk’s mother.

Probably for the last time, Leonard Nimoy (the TV series Star Trek) plays Spock Prime.

The movie was directed by J. J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, the TV show Lost).

The sequel comes out tomorrow.

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